There’s nothing that screams, “I’m a manly man,” more than a well-groomed piece of hair atop a man’s upper lip. Still, not everyone can pull off a mustache.
While a mustache can make you seem manly, it takes a real man to wear one. Genereally, when I think of the ideal mustache wearing man I think of someone with a large physique, strong facial features or that works in a career that involves strength, endurance or just plain toughness.
Athletes generally fit all of these characteristics, and coincidentally many of them have worn mustaches. Still, there have been only a few who have actually owned their mustaches.
For these men their mustaches have become a part of them, and even defined them. To honor these strong mustached men, we’ve searched the world of athletics for the 20 greatest mustaches to ever grace the world of sports.
Now, not all of these men were the best at their sports, but it's their ability to pull off a specific facial hairstyle that has earned them a spot on this list.
20. Patrick Ewing
Assistant coach Patrick Ewing (C) of the Orlando Magic looks on against the New Jersey Nets during their game at the Izod Center on November 16, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Magic defeated the Nets 95-70. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Getty Images)more pics »Mustache Style: Pencil
Patrick Ewing may be remembered as one of the greatest players in NBA history, with his 24,815 career points in 17 years, but we’ll always remember him for his pencil style mustache. After being drafted to the New York Knicks in 1985, he spent most of his career there, leaving New York for the Supersonics in 2001 then the Orlando Magic in 2001. He retired in 2002 and is currently the Magic’s assistant coach, but he still sports his trademark ‘stache.
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